January 15, 2013

Choosing Routine Over Medication

I have noticed that when it comes to "difficult" kids, everyone has an opinion, a suggestion, a solution.  I have also noticed that there are too many people willing to share them, even when it's someone else's child.  More often than not, these suggestions and solutions are geared around changing the child or "fixing" the child.  I am constantly being told that I need to put Georgia on medication or maybe she would behave better if I tried spanking her every once in a while. 

Georgia has a lot of energy and there are days when she is emotionally all over the map.  I'm not interested in running out to get my ADHD diagnosis and put her on medication.  As for the spanking, I don't understand why people think that hurting a child who is already crying is going to make that child stop crying.  Instead of "fixing" her, I prefer to help her through as much as I can. 

I've started her on a b-complex and a fish oil supplement.  I am trying to cut as much sugar as we can from her diet.  She and I worked together to build a routine to help getting ready for school and bed easier. 

This is what we've come up with for morning and night routine.  It helps for her to see what needs to be done and keeps me from constantly nagging to do this or do that. 

 
 
 
 
I put one in the kitchen to check off in the morning and one in the bedroom to check off at night.  Each one has a box for Georgia and one for Kennedy to check.  They've made a game out of it and like to race. 

As a parent, it's my job to help my kids be the best they can, not change who they are, what they feel or how they act.  These are just a few small steps but they can make a world of difference.

January 14, 2013

I have no street cred

I love dropping the girls off at school in the morning.  It seems to be one of the few times in the day when I get to connect with Corrina.  It's these times when I realize how amazing and funny and helpful she can be and am reminded that she is only 9.  She always double checks that everyone is in the car for me.  One morning Stella was being so quiet that I worried I had left her toddling around in the yard and drove off without her.  Corrina was very concerned that if I had left her, someone would probably find her, think she was a stray and keep her.  (please note that I did NOT leave Stella in the yard) She now double checks to avoid this.
Always worried about her image and looking for ways to improve it, she suggested that we put a bumper sticker or two on our van to make it "more creative".  After explaining that we're not really bumper sticker kind of people, she suggested spray paint.  She is under the impression that this is a great way to individualize our minivan.  I thought about it for a minute and said that she might be right.  I shared my idea of painting "momalicious" on the side, along with a large woman with 2 large breasts feeding a baby.  I thought this would be a pretty good representation of my personality/life/every day.  She did not agree and told me to forget the spray painting idea because I will never be cool. 

sigh... 

story of my life.

Now I'm left wondering where the hell she hangs out with people who are spray painting cars.  We don't live in the best neighborhood, but at least no one is spray painting their cars.

January 11, 2013

It's a little dusty here

Hello, everyone!  Happy 2013!  I've decided to come back and clean this place up a little.  I'm going to change a few things and get back to blogging on a fairly regular basis.  I have to say that I've kind of missed it.  I look forward to sharing with you again!

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